PPG Presents Days of Awareness – February 2024

Partners in Project Green shares Days of Awareness each month to spread awareness and start conversations. These days may have a social, historical, or environmental significance. Below is a small sampling of important days to acknowledge or remember this month.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month in Canada, a time to celebrate, learn, and amplify the many achievements, contributions, stories, and lives of current and historical Black Canadians and communities.

This year’s theme is Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build. Black Canadians have played and continue to play an integral role in the cultural diversity, identity, and history of Canada. Take action today to uplift Black voices, stories, and achievements in your community. 

Lunar New Year – Begins February 10

Lunar New Year is one of the most recognized and important holidays for Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other East Asian Canadian communities. Also referred to as the Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year brings family, friends, and communities together to celebrate. Lunar New Year activities include fireworks, a lion dance, shared meals, and parades.

2024 is the year of the Wood Dragon. In Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes power, nobility, honor, luck, and success. This year is forecasted to bring opportunities, changes and challenges.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science – February 11

Celebrating its 9th anniversary, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science acknowledges the significant gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines all over the world. Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields.

First developed during the World Women’s Health and Development Forum at the United Nations Headquarters, this day is dedicated to amplifying the important participation, contribution, and education of women and girls in science.

World Day of Social Justice – February 20

World Day of Social Justice stands as a global reminder of the importance of fostering equitable societies amidst complex and growing international challenges. It showcases the critical need for a united, inclusive, and multilateral global coalition in promoting and addressing systemic issues, such as poverty, inequalities, and economic, environmental and social crises. By championing the principles of equity and solidarity, this day strives to create a society where all individuals can live with dignity in a fair and compassionate world.